Great Yarmouth bike thefts prompt ‘stay secure’ message

GREAT Yarmouth cyclists are being urged to secure their bikes after a pair were stolen in overnight raids.

The first bike, a lime green BMX, was stolen from an unlocked shed at a property in Lichfield Road between 10.30pm on Monday and 9.30am yesterday (Tuesday).

On the same night, between 6.30pm Monday and 8.30am yesterday, a purple and white Haro BMX was taken from the garden of a property in Anson Road.

It had been left unsecured and police are now reminding cyclists to take measures to protect their two-wheeled property when left unattended.

Officers have offered the following advice:

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? Always lock your bike, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes

? Avoid leaving it in isolated or dimly lit places

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? If it is a very expensive do not lock it in the same place on a regular basis, so it won't be noticed and stolen to order

? Lock your bike through an immovable object, such as a bike rack or ground anchor. Pass your lock through the bike's frame and keep the gap between the cycle and the lock small.

Police are also advising cyclists to record and register the make of their bike, its model and frame number, which helps officers return recovered bikes to their rightful owners.

Any witnesses to the BMX thefts, or anyone with information about them, is asked to contact police. Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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